Occur nightfall, Mykonos, Greece, thumps with disco beats emanating from the megaclubs scattered across the island. But all is peaceful at Kalesma, a forthcoming lodge that sits on a jasmine-scented hilltop over the beaches of Ornos Bay. The generations-outdated spouse and children house has been remodeled with 25 suites and two stand-by yourself villas, all of which occur with private swimming pools and sea views and are embellished in a palette of earthy browns, grays and taupes that complement the polished stone floors. “Kalesma usually means ‘to invite,’” suggests Aby Saltiel, a restaurateur and the hotel’s Thessaloniki-born co-operator.
With this new project, Saltiel was seeking to marry modernity — there are Brutalist couches built by Rick Owens and horsehair-wrapped sconces by the style and design studio Equipment — with factors of traditional Mykonos hospitality. The foyer is outfitted with a brick oven in which loaves of a crusty bread named horiatiko psomi will be baked each day, and Pere Ubu, the lodge cafe, will provide Cycladic specialties, with cheese and fish sourced from neighboring islands which includes Delos and Naxos. You can just about imagine it is the 1950s, when community fishermen would welcome summer travellers into their households.